The X1 3D printer has a Waste Chute in the back where the purged filament is discarded. We are using this system when printing with multiple colors using the AMS, but also when starting a new print, to ensure that the filament inside the nozzle is fresh.
To ensure that the purged filament waste is contained, we recommend the following:
- Use a container to catch the purged filament. Larger containers are better, as there is more volume available for the filament and will need to be emptied less often.
- Do not cover the waste chute and ensure a good path for the purged filament to fall inside the container.
- Check the waste chute before starting a print, to ensure there is no purged filament inside it.
- Regularly empty the container used for catching the waste filament, to avoid clogging the waste chute.
- Longer AMS prints that use multiple colors and have multiple color changes will generate more waste. Ensure that you regularly empty the waste container during the printing process.
- Avoid using covers or ducts attached to the back of the waste chute. They might lead to clogs and failed prints. We have seen designs online made for improving the waste collection, but we don't recommend using them as purged filament behaves differently and can contribute to a waste chute clog
- Some filament behaves differently during purging. Please check the purge process when trying a new filament, and ensure the filament is not purged too fast.
AMS prints with multiple colors can generate quite a bit of purged material waste. Here's how we recommend handling the waste:
- Properly dispose of the filament waste by discarding it in dedicated recycling places according to your country's regulations.